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Do YOU Haiku? Enter our Haiku Contest!

yoda from Star Wars

Swampy Dagobah —
even a Jedi Master
can’t keep his feet dry.


If you enter the Rentschler Library Haiku contest, you don’t even have to have a serious theme. That’s how wide open the contest is. Write one about your favorite popular culture thing, your dog, that time you got sick on the bus. As long as it’s cleverly done, we don’t care.

So go ahead…submit a haiku using our online form. Win, you just might.

Enter our Haiku Contest

haiku T-shirtApril is National Poetry Month and just one of the ways Rentschler Library is celebrating this year is with our Haiku Contest. Just write your own original haiku in the 5 syllable, 7 syllables, 5 syllable format and you could win a haiku T-shirt (at left.) You get to select your color and size, though.

The contest is open to all Miami-affiliated persons (students, faculty, 
and staff.) You can enter your haiku online at the URL below or stop by our display in Rentschler Library to fill out a form. We also have a small collection of haiku books on display for inspiration. 

Entry form:

What is a haiku? Here’s what the Academy of American Poets says:

“A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression….. As the form has evolved, many of these rules—including the 5/7/5 practice—have been routinely broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.

Here’s a haiku from novelist and poet Richard Wright to get you started:

 From this skyscraper,
all the bustling streets converge
towards the spring sea

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Staff Picks, part 3

Public Services Librarian Carrie Girton is up next with her list of favorite recently added books. Carrie develops &  manages our collections in anthropology, business, commerce (small business), criminal justice, finance, forensic science and investigation, geography, law, management, marketing, political science, recreation, and sociology.

book cover Braving the Wilderness

“In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.” (Amazon)





book cover for Digital GirlsDigit@al Girls highlights “today’s leading online cultural influencers—the female bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists—who are shaping what’s hot and what’s not in fashion, beauty, and personal style.” (Amazon)




book cover Knowing the ScoreKnowing the Score: What Sports Can Teach Us about Philosophy (And What Philosophy Can Teach Us about Sports)“ is [Not] a typical ‘philosophy of sport’ book that applies ethics and philosophy to sports. Instead, the author takes the more interesting approach and uses sports to explain philosophical theories.” (Library Journal)




book cover Rebellious BodiesRebellious Bodies: “Celebrity culture today teems with stars who challenge long-held ideas about a ‘normal’ body. Plus-size and older actresses are rebelling against the cultural obsession with slender bodies and youth. Physically disabled actors and actresses are moving beyond the stock roles and stereotypes that once constrained their opportunities. Stars of various races and ethnicities are crafting new narratives about cultural belonging, while transgender performers are challenging our culture’s assumptions about gender and identity.” (book cover)

book cover Fifty InventionsFifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy  “paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us.” (Amazon)

Staff Picks part 2 – New Books

Library Director Krista McDonald is next up for our list of favorite new books. One of the collection areas that Krista manages and develops is children’s books and these are few of her favorite recent purchases. Krista also handles our collections in education, psychology, social work, visual arts, and women & gender studies, to name a few.

Beauty and the Beast book cover“Beauty and the Beast: a Retellingby H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings.
“This retelling of Beauty and the Beast ‘draws on the cultural imagery of West Africa.’ I selected this title for highlighting because the author has previously won the Coretta Scott King Award, the book is a multicultural version of a familiar fairy tale, and it also is a good resource for an assignment I have assisted students with which requires them to find alternate versions of fairy tales.”

Jack and the Beanstalk book coverJack and the Beanstalk,” by Nina Crews.
“Another retelling of a fairy tale that works for the assignment. The story is told with multicultural characters photographed in a modern, urban setting.”




Celebrate book series coverCelebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur  by Deborah Heligman, consultant Shira Stern. “This diverse, informative series introduces children to a varied selection of religious and cultural holidays presented from a global perspective.  I had previously selected a number of children’s books for holidays and celebrations that most American children would be familiar with (think Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day) and felt that we needed additional materials describing some that represent global cultures and religions. Each book has a series author as well as an expert consultant to ensure cultural and religious accuracy.”

Another title Krista selected is this Introduction to the Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto and consultant Haiwang Yuan. A reviewer in Booklist said “Vivid, colorful photographs of fireworks, lion dancers, lanterns, and food fill the pages of this introduction to Chinese New Year. The concise but informative narrative notes when the event occurs cites a few of the countries where it is observed and explains the reasons behind the customs and symbols, especially those traditions involving children.

Staff Picks – New Books

This month we’re highlighting some of the new books we’ve purchased. This post features titles selected by Polly Whitaker, Reference Librarian, who manages and develops our collections in literature, poetry, philosophy, religion, life sciences, and mathematics just to name a few.

book cover image Rosalie Lightning

Rosalie Lightning – Graphic memoir about the death of Hart’s young daughter, Rosalie. It depicts the “search for meaning in the aftermath of Rosalie’s death, exploring themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth, and eventually finding hope again.” (Amazon)


book cover Stockholm NoirStockholm Noir – Anthology of gritty detective and crime stories written by Swedish authors. Publisher’s Weekly said: “Grouped under three headings, the 13 stories in this outstanding entry in Akashic’s noir series capture the gloomy underside of Sweden’s capital, portraying the hopelessness of those trapped in what Larson and Edenborg in their introduction call the city that devours your soul.”

book cover Lightness of body and mindLightness of Body and Mind: a Radical Approach to Weight and Wellness -An accessible approach to well-being and enjoyment of life that focuses on nourishing a healthy mind and spirit, developing good habits and doing more of what you love, rather than strict diets and exercise plans. Author Sarah Hays Coomer is a certified personal trainer, health coach, and nutrition/wellness consultant.


book cover Nowhere Near the LineNowhere Near the Line: Pain and Possibility in Teaching and Writing – In this short work, “Boquet traces the overlaps and intersections of a lifelong education around guns and violence, as a student, a teacher, a feminist, a daughter, a wife, a citizen, and across the dislocations and relocations that are part of a life lived in and around school”–Provided by publisher

Welcome back!

wooden welcome signHello and welcome to all new and returning students! We hope this semester will be rewarding and successful one. Rentschler Library is ready to help you, whether it’s help with research, or finding out what your instructor has on reserve.  We have group study rooms that you can reserve for 2 hr. periods, and even book them at least 2 weeks in advance.

Our hours are:
8AM – 9PM Monday-Thursday
8AM-5PM on Friday
10AM – 2PM Saturday
1PM – 5PM Sunday

Best of luck!

Frida, Cane, and something delicious

There are a lot of great new books coming into Rentschler Library. Come check out the titles on our shelves just near the circulation desk. Here are just three of them, but there are many more to check out (literally).

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1945) is considered one of the greatest women painters of all time. She is best known for her 80 or so self-portraits but author Grimberg, a scholar of Kahlo’s work, explores all of the artist’s documented still lifes, including some that have come to light only recently. This is not one of those enormous art books that doesn’t fit in your back pack!


Book cover - Cane by Jean ToomerFirst published in 1923, “Cane” by Jean Toomer’s is an experimental and impressionist work that is part drama, part poetry, part fiction and powerfully evokes black life in the South. Toomer’s purpose was to “embody what he sees as the dying folk spirit of the south by re-creating their feelings through language and rhythm.” (Critical Survey of Poetry, 2nd rev. ed, 2002). This version includes an introduction by noted African American Studies scholars Rudolph Byrd of Emory University, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., of Harvard University.

Father and daughter team Fuller and Reddekopp (a geographer and chef, respectively) trace the links between geography and food all over the world. The book innovatively “combines geography, history, and cooking in a single volume.” (publisher blurb). Learn how to make mulled wine, pommes frites and more. Recipes are spiced up with the history of the main item in each featured recipe along with learning questions at the beginning of each chapter.